Polokwane - Four statues have been removed from the Polokwane CBD after one was defaced. The Moolman Group, which owns various properties in the city, says it was compelled to remove the statues.
The statues of Voortrekker leaders had been placed at the city’s Library Gardens in 1986. Moolman Group spokesperson Peter Pratt says they will consult relevant stakeholders on the next step.
“In light of the fact that the statues have been defaced in various places it was decided after consultation with the town council that we would remove the statues and place them where their cultural heritage can better be protected.
“We are presently in discussion with various role players as to where to keep these statues. This decision was moved forward in light due to the fact that one of the statues was defaced on Monday morning with paint,” explains Pratt.
Vandalism of statues began a few weeks ago at the University of Cape Town after students demanded that the statue of Cecil John Rhodes be removed from its campus. SABC